The hard-working Gainesville musician pays tribute to Carole King and her classic 1971 album when the Free Fridays Concert Series returns to Bo Diddley Community Plaza this week.
Cathy DeWitt and Carole King go way back. Well, at least in the sense that DeWitt, the longtime Gainesville musician, started listening to King more than half a century ago.
“I think I heard some of her early stuff before she became popular,” DeWitt said before singing softly the lyrics to King’s 1962 Top 25 hit “It Might As Well Rain Until September.”
Holding a copy of King’s iconic 1971 album “Tapestry,” DeWitt sang the praises of the Grammy Award-winning pop artist.
“She’s a brilliant songwriter. I love her sophisticated chords. Her lyrics are great. She plays piano and sings, and that’s what I do, so she has definitely been a major influence on me,” DeWitt said.
On Friday night at Bo Diddley Community Plaza in downtown Gainesville, DeWitt will channel the very best of King during “Tapestry Rewoven—Again!” The concert kicks off 25 consecutive weeks of Free Fridays Concert Series at the plaza, which had been closed for a year to undergo $1.8 million in renovations.
The two-hour music event begins at 8 p.m. DeWitt will be accompanied onstage by some of Gainesville’s best musical talent, including Mike and Carolina Boulware, Brad Bangstad, Heather Hall, Janet and Maggie Rucker, Rob Rothschild, Bruce Shepard and Ron Thomas.